There are a few fantastic and interesting people who have shared their thoughts
recently in magazines, interviews and I wish to offer these as a ‘pick and choose’
post. I hope you will find something to give you something to ponder about and
may meet your own personal needs or concerns.
This will give you ‘food for thought:’
“Cooking demands attention, patience and above all,
a respect for the gifts of the earth. It is a form of
worship, a way of giving thanks.”
~ Judith B. Jones,
American cookbook author and editor.
The next one is concerning loss:
“The trick to adjusting to a life you never expected
is to allow yourself to have the emotions, to weave
them in with the positive and move on.”
~ Louise Bonnett-Rompersaud.
“Joy does not simply happen to us.
We have to choose joy and keep
choosing it everyday.”
~ Henri J.M. Nouwen
Dutch priest, professor and writer.
Feeling connected to humanity:
Anna Whiston Donaldson lost her son at age 12 years old.
He was playing in a creek bed, that was normally low, then
it swelled into a raging river. Jack had attended his second
day of 7th grade. His sister, Margaret, witnessed this horrible
event, running to get help, only 10 years old.
“Over the next months, when all else was stripped away- most
of all, the flawed belief that living a simple, faithful life would
somehow protect us from pain- I found myself broken.
But it turned out, I was so broken that I was wide open to
receiving comfort in way I had not anticipated.”
~Anna Whiston-Donaldson’s book is called,
“Rare Bird” (Convergent books).
“28 Years; 28 Days,
Summary of Two Time Sequences”
by Robin O. Cochran
Two actresses have lived with challenges, one who has been 28 years
sober. This is the famous, Katey Sagal. You maybe able to detect her
very distinctive voice in commercials, but her most popular television
show may be considered ‘raunchy’ since she portrayed the Mom on the
show, “Married… With Children.” She also was memorable as Gemma,
in the show, “Sons of Anarchy.” I happened to really like her character
in the show she performed with John Ritter, “8 Simple Rules for Dating
My Teenage Daughter.” One of the two ‘daughters’ character was played
by Kaley Cuoco. She was the one who made me laugh and had her ‘Dad’
(John Ritter) pulling his hair out. In the last t.v. show mentioned, Katey
Sagal played a smart, working mother who left the house in a nurse’s
uniform, hoping her husband would be able to rule the roost, while
she was gone. It is a funny series, which is well worth finding on a
DVD at the library. The late John Ritter captured both his daughters,
son and wife’s characters’ hearts and they all showed up at his funeral,
truly mourning their ‘father/husband figure’ friend. Katie shared her
sobriety on a CBS Sunday Morning Show, November 16, 2014. Her
husband and music, she feels saved her. She enjoys singing daily, along
with performing with bands. Katey is 60 years old, accomplishing much
and more to give in the future, too.
Wait until you hear the professionals, Katey Sagal has performed with
as a back up singer:
Olivia Newton John
Katey’s remarkable musical career has included two albums:
“Well. . .” (1994)
The celebrity who went through a disaster marriage, not ever having
expected her husband to be so outwardly unfaithful, is Sandra Bullock.
How does she relate to Katie Sagal who has a wonderful partner in life?
She performed in the incredible movie, “28 Days.” Sandra’s character
is relatable in the difficult and gritty parts of having to choose to give up
her addiction. The message of it being important for the person to make
the choice, not the family is also a clear and meaningful one. This is one
of the main tenets or principals of AA. The screenplay also shared and
showed some humorous, strange habits of an alcoholic.
Sandra Bullock’s performance and “28 Days” may not be considered as
significant (meaning it didn’t win awards) as “Leaving Las Vegas,” but it
really showed her acting “chops”. If you have been curious or had an
interest in this movie, you will find it engrossing. I had not seen it when it
came out, so it was a nice surprise to take it home from the library and
really dig into the ‘meat’ of the subject. Having been through an alcoholic
marriage and participated for almost two years in Al-Anon and AA meetings,
along with going through marriage counseling, I found the characters in the
AA meetings and in rehab’s behaviors realistic.
Usually ’28 days’ would not seem to encompass the enormity of this film’s
subject matter, but it definitely showed the ups and downs of this illness.
Having seen the movie, shortly after Katie Sagal’s interview, I appreciate
even more the magnitude of her ’28 years’ sober. Worthy of several ‘chips’
and major accomplishment in the fast-paced, pressurized life of acting.
On the Lighter Side:
I love the silly repetition of the 2014 song,
“Best Day of My Life,” by the group
American Authors. Imbedded in their
lyrics are some deeper meanings:
“I howled at the moon with my friends
And then the sun came crashing in.”
(There are some ‘bridge’ humming sounds here.)
“But all the possibilities
Just epiphanies. . .”
May something here strike a chord or evoke an epiphany.